Travel bubbles or
corridors are arrangements between countries to allow access to their citizens
across otherwise sealed international borders. Similarly, quaranteams are
social bubbles: a limited group of people who meet regularly and exclude all
others as health risks. This pandemic forces us to retreat into isolation,
atomization, self-sufficiency, and narcissistic or depressive solipsism.
Especially so in the "countries of the plague", the epicenters of
this viral agent of change. This regression (or progress) is bound to result in
two revolutionary paradigmatic shifts:
1. The normalization of
mental health pathologies: everyone is going to be clinically depressed or
anxious or something or other. 34% depression and anxiety.
2. Common goods which
rely on cooperation and social conventions will lose their value. The Commons
will fragments and many social institutions will be rendered obsolete.
Examples: money, the family, public goods such as education, and the
nation-state. As the banking system collapses, we me devolve to a barter
economy with agricultural land as the most prized possession.
Washington Post: The
average millennial (1981-96) has experienced slower economic growth since
entering the workforce than any other generation in U.S. history. Millennials
will bear these economic scars the rest of their lives, in the form of lower
earnings, lower wealth and delayed milestones, such as homeownership.